If your goal is to play YouTube videos in the background while you work on the phone, we've got some bad news: YouTube isn't going to make it easy for you. While this functionality used to be present in its various apps, YouTube has decided to reserve this particular functionality for paying subscribers of its YouTube services: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Below we'll point out a few ways to get around the limitation. The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
Any workarounds that let YouTube play in the background could disappear at any time as YouTube figures out how to close the loop. If you are dependent on this, you'll need to subscribe to YouTube's services.
An alternative is to download the videos to your device and avoid the YouTube app altogether. One easy way to get YouTube to play in the background is to use the desktop version of YouTube on your Chrome browser.
Here's how it works. It's important to stay in the browser, and not jump over to the YouTube app if you want YouTube to play in the background. Search for the video you want to play. Once you've found the video, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right of the screen to select Desktop. Once the site refreshes, press the start button to play the video. Switch apps, or put your screen into silent mode, and the video will stop. Swipe down to reach the control center , and find the video in your settings.
Press play. Turn off your screen, or switch to another app, and YouTube will continue to play. Here's how to use PiP to play YouTube videos in the background.
You must also have the latest version of YouTube installed on your device. Scroll down to find the YouTube app, and tap YouTube. At the bottom, select Allowed under Picture-in-picture. To enable PiP, start playing a video within the YouTube app, and press the home button. The YouTube video will appear in a small window on your screen, which you can move around with your finger.
The video will continue to play as you open other apps. Although PiP is not available on YouTube for iOS devices without a subscription, you can still play YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone or tablet by using an alternative browser, such as Opera and Dolphin. Once downloaded, open the browser. Search for the video you want to play on YouTube within the browser. It's important that you stay in the mobile version of YouTube within the browser, and do not click on any YouTube link that will take you to the YouTube app on your device.
Play the video. Once the video starts, switch to another app, or put your screen into sleep mode. The video will stop. Swipe to find the music player, and check to see if the title of your video is showing there. Sometimes iOS defaults the media player to your music library in the music player, rather than the video.
If this happens, simply go back to the YouTube video in Opera or Dolphin, and press play again to clear out the music player so that it defaults to YouTube. Once the title of your video shows up in the control center, press play to let the video play.